General Information

Practitioner Advisors

Dave Karnowski           email:
Peter Clark                   email:

Faculty Advisors

Mustaque Hossain       email:
Scott D. Schiff             email:

Honorary Lifetime Contact Member

Bob Thorn                     email:

What is ASCE?

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. Founded in 1852 with 12 members, the Society was created to distribute information among engineers who were building the roads, canals, bridges, and railroads of a rapidly expanding nation.

Today, ASCE boasts more than 115,000 professional members and over 15,000 student members. The members are organized geographically into 21 regional councils, 83 sections, 143 branches and 247 student chapters and clubs.

Fundamental Principles

Engineers uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by:

1. Using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare.

2.  Being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity the public, their employers and clients.

3. Striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession.

4. Supporting the professional and technical societies of their disciplines.

Fundamental Canons

1. Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.

2. Engineers shall perform services only in areas of their competence.

3. Engineers shall issue public statements only in a subject and truthful manner.

4. Engineers shall act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, and shall avoid conflicts of interest.

5. Engineers shall build their professional reputation on the merit of their services and shall not compete unfairly with others.

6. Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the engineering profession.

7. Engineers shall continue their professional development throughout their careers, and shall provide opportunities for the professional development of those engineers under their supervision.

What does ASCE do?

ASCE seeks to enhance the quality of living throughout the world by advancing professional knowledge and improving the civil engineering practice. To further these goals, ASCE sponsors conferences and professional education courses, consults with government on CE related issues, conducts public awareness programs, and publishes important CE books and journals. Volunteers serve on different technical, administrative, coordinating, and professional committees. Including the activities of sections, student chapters and clubs, as well as the national and local committees, ASCE groups average 100 meetings throughout the country every day!

What can ASCE do for students?

Educational activities extend to college campuses through 222 Student Chapters and 25 Clubs. These groups sponsor meetings, regional conferences, student competitions, community service projects, social events and other activities to help future engineers become better prepared for their careers. Numerous scholarships and awards are made available for deserving students in civil engineering.

Students begin membership in their student chapter and then can opt to join ASCE as a National Student Member for an free annual  fee.  Benefits of joining ASCE National include:

· Monthly issues of Civil Engineering magazine and ASCE News.

· Eligibility for ASCE scholarships and competitions, such as Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge.

· Eligibility for positions on local and national committees.

· Access to a national resume database which can match members with prospective employers.

· Information on EIT/PE review courses.

- - Most of the above information courtesy of the ASCE Student Chapter Handbook

ASCE Awards

ASCE Nationals likes to recognize outstanding student chapters with a variety of awards. K-State's student chapter of ASCE is proud to have received the first Robert Ridgeway Outstanding Student Chapter award in 1968. chapter won the award again in 1989. Further, for 1989, 1995, 1996 the student chapter was a Ridgeway finalist and winner of the Zone III Vice-Presidential Award.

The chapter has also won Certificates of Commendation in the following years:


The chapter has also been awarded several Letters of Honorable Mention:

2010, 2013